I was meeting with a pastor recently who asked if I would need to come and meet with the staff several times before I did some coaching with them. I pointed out that I don’t need to become an expert on the staff to coach them. Coaching is built on the premise that the person, or group, being coached knows what they need to know to move ahead. The coach knows how to help clarify that knowledge with powerful questions. Shifting the role of “expert” from the coach to the people being coached frees the congregation to own the excitement of shaping action steps for the future.